2021 Oscar Predictions

Updated May 7th, 2021

King Richard (HBO Max)

1. Will Smith - King Richard

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.​

2. Michael B. Jordan - A Journal for Jordan

1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, before he is killed in action in Baghdad, authors a journal for his son intended to tell him how to live a decent life despite growing up without a father.​

3. Matt Damon - Stillwater

A father travels from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter who has been arrested for murder.​

4. Leonardo DiCaprio - Don't Look Up

The story of two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.​

5. Brendan Fraser - The Whale

A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.​

Next In Line:

6. Justin Chon - Blue Bayou

As a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou works hard to make a life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.​

7. Joaquin Phoenix - C'mon C'mon

An artist embarks on a a cross-country trip with his young nephew.​

8. Denzel Washington - The Tragedy of Macbeth

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.​

9. Javier Bardem - Being the Ricardos

Follows Lucy and Desi as they face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.​

10. Peter Dinklage - Cyrano

Follows the life of Cyrano de Bergerac.​

Also Consider:

11. Michael Fassbender - Next Goal Wins

Adaptation of the 2014 British documentary. The story of the American Samoa soccer team, who suffered the worst loss in World Cup history, losing to Australia 31-0 in 2001.​

12. Clifton Collins Jr. - Jockey

An aging jockey aims for a final championship, when a rookie rider arrives claiming to be his son.

13. Adam Driver - Annette (or The Last Duel)

A stand-up comedian and his opera singer wife have a 2 year old daughter with a surprising gift.​

14. Christian Bale - Canterbury Glass

Plot details kept under wraps.​

15. Idris Elba - Three Thousand Years of Longing

A scholar, content with life, encounters a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Their conversation, in a hotel room in Istanbul, leads to consequences neither would have expected.​

16. Oscar Isaac - The Card Counter

The film, written and directed by Schrader, follows William Tell (Isaac), a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning the World Series of poker in Las Vegas. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.​

17. Skyler Gisondo - Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project

Set in 1970s San Fernando Valley, the film follows a high school student, who is also a successful child actor.​

18. Andrew Garfield - The Eyes of Tammy Faye

An intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

19. Timothee Chalamet - Dune

Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.​

20. Anthony Ramos - In The Heights

The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop. The likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.​